I’ve been “book tasting” or sampling two dozen or so middle grade chapter books to find books for my 12 year old son. I’m also reading for myself, trying to discover that possible Newbery gem in these piles.
From this list, I’m narrowing down my reading pile to:
- Lemons by Melissa Savage (getting buzz)
- A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold (for possible autism list I’m working on)
- Zinnia and the Bees by Danielle Davis (I do like magical realism)
- Kid Beowulf: The Song of Roland by Alexis E. Fajardo (my son likes graphic novels and I’m also going to add to my Medieval/Middle Ages book list; a period of history that is growing on me)
- Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying by Amanda Hosch (I have a spy/superhero chapter book list that I can add this one to)
- A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (I might make a service dog book list)
How about you? What middle grade books are you loving right now?
p.s. I’m giving away 6 of these books. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
p.p.s. Part 1 of this list here.
Summer Reading List for ages 8 and up & GIVEAWAY (part 2 of 2)
Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eager
I loved Hour of the Bees so I’m excited to read Lindsay Eager’s newest book that has a breezier feel than the slight melancholic heaviness of Hour of the Bees. 11 year old Fidelia Quail becomes an orphan where her parents are killed in a submarine of her own invention and now it’s up to her to escape a pirate who has kidnapped her, and figure of the mystery of a treasure he’s desperate to find on the bottom of the ocean. This book feels a little like Half Magic meets The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
Lemons by Melissa Savage
There seems to be a growing buzz for Lemons, Melissa Savage’s debut chapter book. It’s 53 chapters of about 6 pages each. I personally find short chapters appealing because the pacing tends to be fast and thus hold my son’s interest. Nearly 11 years old Lemonade Liberty (Lem for short) is moving to a tiny town to live with her grandfather after her mother dies. It’s here that she makes a new friend who is determined to capture Bigfoot on film. This book reminds me of The True Meaning of Smekday thus far. I’m excited to read further. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]